Civic Center

1001 W Center St Manteca CA 95337


Space was at a premium at the Manteca Civic Center in 1998. Many members of the Vision 2020 Task Force— the citizens ‘ committee formed by the then City Council to assist in the drafting of the new municipal general plan, which is basically a growth plan — were shocked to see some of the working conditions of municipal workers, particularly Manteca Police officers.

Officers literally fought for elbow space in their cramped offices as evidence waste was forced into outside storage areas. Detectives were relocated to an old county farm inspector building on Moffat Boulevard due to space constraints. The task force suggested that the Civic Center complex be expanded to 1001 W. Center St. had to add workers and services to accommodate what they were told would be 30,000 more residents because Manteca was expected to reach 77,000 in 2020.


Nevertheless, the city staff questioned whether all services could be accommodated on the existing site as intended when a master plan for the site to be completed in 1978 was adopted in 1986. The master plan called for a 15,000-square-foot auditorium to be added to the entertainment rooms originally designed as the first step of a center for performing arts. A 10,000-square-foot community center for general recreation uses, hall rental and such also was proposed.


Council balked in 2004 at the cost of implementing the 3rd Master Plan Civic Center The council balked at the price tag and ordered staff to study solutions for cramped police operations. With a plan to buy and remodel the 57,000-square-foot former Qualex film processing plant on Manteca Industrial Park, workers agreed to buy the Qualex property using funds from the redevelopment corporation. As they were preparing the plans to remodel the building state law, cells constructed when part of any new police department modified with regard to retaining.


Departments were expected to provide 24/7 prison staff. The recent change in law has not had an effect on existing police stations. This meant moving to a large police facility would add an additional burden of $500,000 a year to jail staff. The city stepped back rather than making a move that would raise operating costs. Then budget cuts in 2010 decreased the commissioned officers ‘ ranks by 12 and also removed other employees. More than 80 workers from the municipal workforce were trimmed overall by the city.


The pressing space need that existed in 1998 at the Manteca Police Department hasn’t gone away. But neither new police facilities nor a new town hall are part of a postponed capital improvement program approved by the council consisting of 18 projects including an aquatic center, library extension, and performing arts facility with a total cost of $102 million.

Nevertheless, the city has added portable buildings to the Civic Center complex and has done internal remodeling to optimize the use of space and enhance community access such as the one-stop permit building process. The chambers of the council have been modernized and brought up to the current requirements of the American Disability Act. Public toilets were installed for access in the council chambers during public meetings. Secured parking was added at the police station and a new evidence building is under construction. Recently added to the civic center site was a dog park. As for the Qualex site, as part of the clean-up to the state ordered disbandment of redevelopment agencies, the city is planning to sell it to the highest bidder.

This amazing park is located in Manteca California, and also only a short distance away from:


  1. Big League Dreams Sport Park
    1077 Milo Candini Dr Manteca CA 95337
  2. BMX Track
    941 Spreckels Ave Manteca CA 95336
  3. Center St Tennis Courts
    311 W Center St Manteca CA 95336
  4. Library Park
    320 W Center St Manteca CA 95336
  5. Lincoln Park and Pool
    245 S Powers Ave Manteca CA 95336
  6. Manteca Park Golf Course
    305 N Union Rd Manteca CA 95337
  7. Manteca Tennis Center
    307 N Union Rd Manteca CA 95337
  8. Morenzone Ballfield
    1323 W Center St Manteca CA 95337
  9. Northgate Park
    1750 Hoyt Ln Manteca CA 95336

After visiting these amazing places make sure to stop by Remote Fill Systems on Murphy Parkway and say “Hi!”